Gregg Kallor Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert
45 Bleecker St
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
In March 2007, the Abby Whiteside Foundation presented Gregg Kallor's New York concert debut in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. The performance featured the world premiere of Kallor's acclaimed song-cycles Exhilaration and Yeats Songs, sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, and a rich program of solo works that showcased Kallor's versatility and his fresh approach to the piano recital. Harris Goldsmith wrote: "It took but a few impeccably shaped phrases to make it plain that Kallor is a formidably well-trained technician and a master of stylish proportion as well... This superb recital debut truly established a new, important voice in our musical annals."
Kallor's most recent Carnegie Hall concert, in April 2011, featured the world premiere of his nine-movement suite for solo piano, A Single Noon - a musical tableau of New York life told through a combination of composed music and improvisation. The program also included music by Béla Bartók, Chick Corea, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Henry Mancini, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, and Louise Talma.
Kallor's recording of A Single Noon will be released in early 2013. Five-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch calls A Single Noon "the work of an extraordinary pianist, a composer of great distinction and a true conceptualist... This ambitious and unique suite takes us somewhere that is very deeply heartfelt and dazzingly executed. This is 21st-century music that has clearly absorbed the past and looks to a bright and borderless musical future." Kallor's fetishized coffee-drinking music video, "Espresso Nirvana," is set to the sixth movement of the suite.
Kallor is the recipient of an Aaron Copland Award for composition. One of ten composers nationwide selected for this prestigious residency, Kallor composed a concerto for piano and orchestra during his time at the home of the late eminent American composer, integrating improvisation into the second movement. Kallor has also recently written several new chamber music pieces, further developing the combination of composition and improvisation in his music.
Kallor's first album, There's a Rhythm, features his jazz trio with bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Kendrick Scott. "Kallor can carry a poetic mood right to the edge of sorrow, always sounding lyrical and moving" (The Hartford Courant). His second album, Exhilaration, features his song-settings of poems by Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, Christina Rossetti and Herschel Garfein sung by mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala. Opera News wrote: "Kallor knows how to make these words sing, and Zabala gives perfect flight to them."
All About Jazz called her the “queen of chamber jazz,” Meg Okura balances her roles as jazz violinist, composer, and erhu player. She has toured with jazz masters such as Michael Brecker, Steve Swallow, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, as well as Cirque du Soleil, and has performed as a soloist at venues from the Knitting Factory to Carnegie Hall to Madison Square Garden. Hailed by the New York Times as “vibrant” and “sophisticated,” Okura has toured and released two albums with her own group, the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, which “successfully blends the musical cultures of East and West for a new and exciting direction in modern jazz expression,” (Inside New York Magazine). Native of Tokyo, Meg Okura has toured all of Asia as the concertmaster and soloist with the Asian Youth Orchestra, and made her U.S. debut as a soloist with New York String Orchestra at Kennedy Center as a teenager. She earned her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School, and switched to jazz upon graduation. She has won numerous grants and awards as a composer, and her credits as violinist and erhu player appear on over fifty albums and soundtracks with various artists from David Bowie, Dianne Reeves to Lee Konitz.
Saxophonist, multi-reedist and composer Sam Sadigursky is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, equally comfortable in a variety of musical and improvisational landscapes. His critically-lauded first recording, The Words Project, hailed as "an impressive debut" by the New York Times, was given a four star review by Time Out New York, who also named it one of the Top Ten Albums of 2007. Noted music critic Steve Smith called it "that rare anomaly: a jazz-and-poetry record that sounds utterly natural and convincing.” And his 2008 follow-up, Words Project II, just released on New York’s New Amsterdam Records label "may even surpass the first one" as reviewed by jazzchicago.net. His unique sound and sense of lyricism has been noted by Cadence magazine for its "subtlety and restraint, combined with power and purpose."
As a composer whose works show a deep knowledge and fascination with classical harmony and instrumentation, he has been commissioned by vocal groups, film directors, and has collaborated with modern dance choreographers in live performance of their works. He is a three-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and more recently recipient of a prestigious Chamber Music America/French American Cultural Exchange grant.
In 2009, Sam produced the first in an ongoing series of New Art Song concerts featuring composers and ensembles working in this medium. Sam has performed with, among others, the Mingus Orchestra, ECM recording artist Anat Fort, and Gabriel Kahane. He appears on numerous recordings for labels such as Fresh Sound/New Talent, Playscape Recordings, Chonta Records, and World Culture Music and has played in New York venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joe’s Pub, and Lincoln Center.
Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, cellist Peter Sachon has performed all over the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Sachon not only plays in Broadway shows, jazz and rock groups, but also performs with some of the finest freelance orchestras and opera companies in New York City.
Mr. Sachon began his cello studies at the age of 13, and one year later was accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. He then went on to study cello with Paul Tobias at The Mannes College of Music in New York, and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Julius Levine. He also was a student in the Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Alan Stepansky.
Mr. Sachon has participated in both the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Pacific Music Festival where he was principal cellist. Mr. Sachon has performed with the Absolute Ensemble, Sonos Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival (Italy and U.S.), Virginia Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
He has toured Europe and the U.S. with Pink Martini, and played for the Broadway shows Fiddler on the Roof, The Light in the Piazza, High Fidelity, Legally Blonde, and South Pacific. He’s performed for the Donmar Warehouse productions of “Twelfth Night” and “Uncle Vanya” at BAM. Mr. Sachon also performs with Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Deborah Voight, Rufus Wainright, Dee Snider, Josh Groban, Judy Kuhn, and Billy Joel.
As a part of his concert series, The Cello Project, Mr. Sachon has premiered more than thirty new works for cello; all written for him by Broadway composers. His as-yet-untitled album of music from the Cello Project is currently being recorded, with plans for a Fall 2012 release. The album is being produced by Dave Eggar.
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